Not many gardens boast Karoo specials like European Bee-eater, Namaqua Warbler, and Lark-like Bunting. All these were ringed in a long weekend, as well as many other special species, by Dieter, Salome, Les, Karis and Itxaso.
Top numbers ringed by species were Cape Weaver, Cape Sparrow and Southern Masked-Weaver, birds that breed in the garden. A Namaqua Warbler pair also breed in the garden, and daily they were heard calling their pleasant and unique call.
European Bee-eaters perched on the telephone wires, and a fine net was put high – this net failed to catch any, but it did catch a Rock Martin and other birds. Unexpectedly, another net caught 10 European Bee-eaters – 3 adults and 7 juveniles. Karoo Scrub-Robins were only caught in spring-traps.
The total birds caught was 229 birds (215 ringed) of 26 species. Recaptures were relatively low at 14, indicating a high number of birds present overall. As to be expected at this time of year, many birds were moulting.
Table. Birds ringed and recaptured in Vanrhynsdorp garden, January 2020
|Species number||Species||Scientific name||n|
|317||Laughing Dove||Streptopelia senegalensis||11|
|318||Namaqua Dove||Oena capensis||3|
|391||White-backed Mousebird||Colius colius||1|
|392||Red-faced Mousebird||Urocolius indicus||3|
|404||European Bee-eater||Merops apiaster||10|
|418||African Hoopoe||Upupa africana||1|
|506||Rock Martin||Hirundo fuligula||1|
|544||African Red-eyed Bulbul||Pycnonotus nigricans||3|
|570||Familiar Chat||Cercomela familiaris||2|
|581||Cape Robin-Chat||Cossypha caffra||2|
|583||Karoo Scrub-Robin||Cercotrichas coryphoeus||7|
|606||African Reed-Warbler||Acrocephalus baeticatus||3|
|653||Namaqua Warbler||Phragmacia substriata||2|
|665||Fiscal Flycatcher||Sigelus silens||4|
|678||Fairy Flycatcher||Stenostira scita||1|
|686||Cape Wagtail||Motacilla capensis||2|
|760||Southern Double-collared Sunbird||Cinnyris chalybeus||7|
|784||House Sparrow||Passer domesticus||2|
|786||Cape Sparrow||Passer melanurus||48|
|799||Cape Weaver||Ploceus capensis||54|
|803||Southern Masked-Weaver||Ploceus velatus||24|
|808||Southern Red Bishop||Euplectes orix||12|
|865||White-throated Canary||Crithagra albogularis||4|
|867||Streaky-headed Seedeater||Crithagra gularis||1|
|871||Lark-like Bunting||Emberiza impetuani||6|
|1172||Cape White-eye||Zosterops virens||15|
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